Diego Simeone’s Atletico ‘host’ the Blues in tonight’s relocated first-leg fixture in Romania, the primary assembly between the golf equipment since December 2017, when the edges drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge within the group stage of this very competitors. Three months prior, Chelsea had been 2-1 winners within the Spanish capital.
Chelsea have modified managers 3 times since these clashes, with Thomas Tuchel arriving on the membership this January after the membership had already certified for the knockout rounds of this season’s Champions League. And the Premier League outfit will hope the German can go one step additional with them than he did final 12 months with Paris Saint-Germain, whom he led to the ultimate of the match, the place they had been crushed by Bayern Munich.
The Blues eased by means of the group stage unbeaten beneath former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard earlier this time period, whereas La Liga leaders Atletico responded to a 4-0 loss towards defending champions Bayern in gameweek 1 by avoiding additional defeats over the course of the remainder of the group stage.
Right here’s the whole lot you’ll want to find out about tonight’s match.
The sport kicks off at 8pm GMT this night.
The match will air stay on BT Sport, with subscribers additionally in a position to stream the motion stay on the broadcaster’s web site and app.
Atletico are with out centre-back Jose Gimenez, who’s affected by a muscle challenge, however Stefan Savic returns from suspension for this night’s recreation. Winger Yannick Carrasco will probably be absent for the Spanish facet, additionally affected by a muscle harm, and Sime Vrsaljko is one other absentee. Hector Herrera, in the meantime, is out on account of a optimistic coronavirus check consequence.
For Chelsea, central defender Thiago Silva will probably be lacking – one other sufferer of a muscular downside – whereas midfielders Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are each doubts. Tammy Abraham is match, having lately overcome an ankle harm.
Atletico: Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Llorente, Kondogbia, Koke, Saul, Lodi; Felix, Suarez
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Alonso; Mount, Abraham, Werner
Anticipate a nervy conflict in Romania, with Chelsea managing to seize an important ‘away’ aim to arrange a nail-biting second leg subsequent month. Atletico 1-1 Chelsea.